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Yasamin Kusunoki

Assistant Research Scientist, Population Studies Center and Survey Research Center.

Ph.D., UCLA

Dr. Kusunoki’s research focuses on understanding the sources of gender, racial/ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in health and demographic behaviors during adolescence and the transition to adulthood. She is particularly interested in the social contexts in which young people are embedded such as their families, neighborhoods, and romantic and sexual relationships. Current investigations include the influence of multiple, dynamic social contexts on young women’s risk of unintended pregnancy; the ways in which neighborhoods shape young people’s relationship experiences; and the role of gender and relationship characteristics on condom use.

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

Barber, Jennifer S., Heather Gatny, Yasamin Kusunoki, and Paul Schulz. Forthcoming. "Effects of intensive longitudinal data collection on pregnancy and contraceptive use." International Journal of Social Research Methodology. Abstract.

Hall, Kelli Stidham, Yasamin Kusunoki, and Jennifer S. Barber. 2015. "Social discrimination, stress, and risk of unintended pregnancy among young women." Journal of Adolescent Health, 56(3): 330-337. PMCID: PMC4339533. DOI. Abstract.

Gatny, Heather, Yasamin Kusunoki, and Jennifer S. Barber. 2014. "Pregnancy scares and subsequent unintended pregnancy." Demographic Research, 31(40): 1229-1242. PMCID: PMC4306576. DOI. Abstract.

Hall, Kelli Stidham, Yasamin Kusunoki, Heather Gatny, and Jennifer S. Barber. 2014. "Stress symptoms and frequency of sexual intercourse among young women." Journal of Sexual Medicine, 11(8): 1982-90. PMCID: PMC4115031. DOI. Abstract.

Hall, Kelli Stidham, Yasamin Kusunoki, Heather Gatny, and Jennifer S. Barber. 2014. "The risk of unintended pregnancy among young women with mental health symptoms." Social Science & Medicine, 100: 62-71. PMCID: PMC3898511. DOI. Abstract.

Barber, Jennifer S., Yasamin Kusunoki, and Heather H. Gatny. 2011. "Design and Implementation of an Online Weekly Survey to Study Unintended Pregnancies." Vienna Yearbook of Population Research, 9: 327-334. PMCID: PMC3298188. Abstract. Public Access.

Kusunoki, Yasamin, and Dawn M. Upchurch. 2011. "Contraceptive Method Choice among Youth in the United States: The Importance of Relationship Context." Demography, 48(4): 1451-1472. PMCID: PMC3302660. DOI. Abstract. Public Access.

Chapters

Barber, Jennifer S., Yasamin Kusunoki, Heather H. Gatny, and Jennifer Eckerman Yarger. 2013. "Young Women's Relationships, Contraception and Unintended Pregnancy in the United States." In Fertility Rates and Population Decline: No Time For Children? edited by Ann Buchman and Anna Rotkirch. New York : Palgrave Macmillan.

PSC Reports

Gatny, Heather, Jennifer S. Barber, and Yasamin Kusunoki. 2013. "Young Women and Substance Use during Pregnancy: The Role of Social Support." PSC Research Report No. 13-788. April 2013. Abstract. PDF.

Barber, Jennifer S., Yasamin Kusunoki, Heather Gatny, and Paul Schulz. 2013. "Continued and On-Time Participation in a Weekly Online Survey." PSC Research Report No. 13-786. April 2013. Abstract. PDF.

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